Town Hall to bloom in a tribute to Bernard

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A historic Fylde coast building is to be given new flower beds – in tribute to a long-serving worker who died earlier this year.

The entrance to Fylde Town Hall, in St Annes, will be revamped with wildmeadow flowers and sunflowers , while an existing flower bed in the centre of the lawn will be replanted with a new cordyline “palm tree” and borders.

The move is in memory of town hall keeper Bernard Judge who died in March aged 78.

Bernard, despite his advanced years, worked as town hall keeper until his death, having spent 30 years in post.

Johanna Wood, the council’s landscape officer, said: “The planted areas are looking very tired at the moment. The soil is of poor quality and the aspect is sunny – ideal conditions for wildflower meadow planting.

“We will be trialling designer mixes which may be used in other schemes across the borough in future, so any feedback would be welcome.”

The effect of these seed mixes can be to make an area look less tidy – but they attract butterflies and bees. Staff are also being invited to plant sunflowers. Other plans for the gardens include an overhaul of the central island flowerbed.

Johanna added: “The bed will be replanted with a new cordyline in memory of Bernard. Cordylines were a favourite of Bernard’s, and he is well remembered by everyone who met him.

“It seems right that we honour him in the improvements we are making to the gardens.”